Date: 1/5/18 3:55 pm From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] Brant & New Year continuings
I've been out every day of the new year so far, trying not to repeat my pathetic totals from the first quarter of last year. The only species I've found that I haven't seen mentioned so far on the lists was an ironic highlight. Last year, Brant laid a big goose egg on my city year list for the first time in over a decade, and yet who should pop up at the Sutro Baths on 1/1/18 but a flock of approximately 15 heading northeast.
I saw the Cinnamon Teal on the 1st and 2nd, but not subsequently, and had brief looks at the Swamp Sparrow on the 2nd. A Varied Thrush was at Buena Vista park that day as well. The 1st-year Glaucous Gull was maneuvering around North Rock off of Sutro yesterday, and appeared to land on the back side around 8AM.
Today I toured all over town in the nearly constant drizzle, and found only continuing birds; the Snow and White-fronted geese grazing at Crissey, the Eurasian Wigeon pair at Pier 94, two drake Green-winged Teal and a Lesser Scaup at Yosemite Slough, the White-tailed Kite at Candlestick, and the Rock Wren at the Cliff House, kindly refound by Brian Turner. There was also a Merlin and several Golden-crowned Kinglets in the trees behind Baker Beach, and another Merlin near the East Wash.
And Red-breasted Nuthatches have been present in nearly every patch of conifer trees I've visited, a wonderful return to the good old days. Brian Fitch